With 198 riders competing across a 21-day course, spread over 2,000 miles of idyllic Gallic landscape, the Tour de France is a multi-stage bicycle race like no other.
But just because the Tour is special doesn’t mean it isn’t susceptible to a bit of juvenile humour every now and then.
At school, it was common to find text books emblazoned with any number of scribbled drawings and, in approximately 99% of cases involving adolescent boys, said sketches tended to focus on one thing: dicks.
Yet anyone who may have thought that dick drawings stayed within the confines of the school and playground were proven wrong during a live broadcast from the Tour de France.
Because, in an act of brilliantly juvenile defiance, one onlooker evidently took it upon himself to draw a dick on the road that was being used in the multi-stage race.
And not just any dick either: this dick was huge, so huge in fact that the cameras really couldn’t do anything to avoid it.
Drawn onto the road using what looked like a white-spray paint, the offending member was also presented in marvelous detail.
Penis head complete with life-like bell end? Check.
Veiny, throbbing shaft? Of course.
Hairy balls? You betcha.
All in all, it was a superb effort and could even eclipse the achievements of the riders themselves, for sheer artistry and endeavour.
Then again, maybe loaded is getting carried away. It was just a dick drawing, after all.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.